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to school? a story that touched a nerve. >>> "in disgse." so many girls in a place the u.s. knows well live a lie with their family's blessing. >>> and the bug business. the industry that's popped up and suddenly exploded aimed at eradicating bedbugs. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> with political anger roaring across the country tonight we go to a small town where the citizens found out how much their public servants were making and they went wild. it happened in bell, california, where the city manager for starters was making $800,000. tonight, eight current and former town officials are in jail. the l.a. county d.a. is calling this corruption on steroids and all public officials like them across the country should probably regard this as a warning shot. we begin tonight with nbc's george lewis who is in the l.a. suburb. george, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the eight are accused of misappropriating $5.5 million of city funds for their own use. authorities from the district's attorney's office rounded them up first thing this
of us. >> we learned in today's news conference more of the effort that went into saving his life. one doctor said five times the amount of blood the average human body holds is what they needed to use in this operation. more than highland hospital has. things were frontic for a while. at one point the red cross had to put blood in a taxi and send it to the hospital to make sure they had enough. >> you can see the enormous stress of this past week in her face. >> absent lewolutely. >> garvin, thanks. >>> we are following developing news as a raging fire is tearing through a large home in pleasant hill in contra costa county. flames broke out about an hour ago seen first near the garage in the front of the house. soon after, firefighters were spotted on the roof breaking through it with tools. no word on whether anyone was inside the home when the fire started. we'll have more information on it as we get it. >>> some bizarre claims tonight from the man who may hold the key to an east bay killing spree. the man who lives at the house where two of the victims were found made his first cou
potts joins us from washington with more on how the president plans to rescue the economy. tracie, good morning. >> lynn, good morning. today the president will deliver that speech in a state where one of his harshest critics is from, republican leader john boehner, and from a region that's been hit hard by unemployment. the president's expected to urge congress to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy, individuals earning over $200,000 and couples over the $250,000. plus, he wants to spend $50 billion on transportation projects and create $200 billion in business tax breaks, allowing small businesses to write off capital investments next year, giving them more cash to hire new workers. >> we're talking investments in tomorrow that are creating hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs right now. >> all of it paid for by ending tax breaks for big companies. republicans say it's the wrong approach. >> i don't think the american people want any more stimulus spending coming out of washington. we need to get our arms around the out-of-control spending. >> it's a pro-business agen
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there's still a chance you can get around the back up. >>> good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm laura garcia-cannon. >> and i'm garvin thomas in for brent cannon. the time is now 5:00. we're going to get to rob in just a second, but we have an update on a story we brought you in the last half hour about power outages in san francisco. pg&e now tells us about 4,600 people living in the western addition area of the city don't have power at the moment. they say they will turn the lights back on hopefully between now and 6:00 a.m. >> get to sleep in a little bit. maybe pull the blankets over your head a little bit, a little cool out there this morning, rob. >> it is. and some folks may want to hang on to that for the afternoon as well. we've got some cool temperatures and this is what's getting my attention this morning. take a look at the radar. we're firing it up this morning to show you some rain mainly off to our north, but that frontal system there is providing enough lift to the low clouds this morning to drop drizzle for your morning commute. we've got 50s and 60s for the m
use it to sell prostitution and child trafficking. we called the company and have not yet heard back. >>> about 5,000 to 8,000 people gathered at the state capitol for what they called a religious revival. organizers expected tens of thousands of people. our sacramento station has a look. >> reporter: a concert took place at the capitol, a huge crowd gathered. it was filmed by a professional camera crew and broadcast on megaprojection screens. this wasn't for a rock star. >> it's all about christ. he is our only hope. >> reporter: ralliers kale here for the call, a movement when 400,000 christians gathered in washington. the sacramento event expected 50,000 total. many came from other states. >> what happens here affects all of us in leadership whether for good or bad. i think to believe for change and break through and good things is the right thing. >> reporter: for many the rally and concert was a way to reach the youth. >> times are really tough right now. there are a lot of anxieties going on. they don't have solid ground to stand on. >> reporter: the mental was calling for the
is the way for us to make a living in california. that is so true. can you imagine if none of us were able to have any child care, how that would impact california, their jobs, our jobs what we are doing? it would be big loss. >> reporter: parents are praying lawmakers act soon so their kids can keep going to class and they can keep working. >> pass the budget, do it now, think of us. >> reporter: many bay area preschools have taken out loans to stay afloat but with the state budget now three months overdue, they simply can't hang on much longer. live in oakland, i'm jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, jodi. >>> budget delay drags on. governor schwarzenegger and top lawmakers did not hold any budget talks for a second straight day. pechbs reform remains a key issue in the stalemate it has been 91 days since the state blew past what could cynically be referred to as a budget deadline and a week since leaders announce old on a framework for the budget. >>> gubernatorial candidate meg whitman on damage control tonight. she suddenly find herself fighting allegations she had an und
't stop her. >> working in secret, she'd unravel the truth. it was a big fraud. investors' cash used for simply unbelievable purposes. ♪ you know what to do >> to bank roll celebrity wanna-bes. >> it was a $3 million dress. >> would this daughter's decision to expose a scam mean selling out her own mom? >> they said to me, any investors can get in trouble. >> they could come after your mother at some point. >> a daughter's dilemma. h how painful was that? >> it was hard. >> burned by an offer too good to be true. good evening and welcome to "dateline." in most investment scams victims don't realize what's happened until it's too late but when the woman you'll meet tonight became suspicious about a financial opportunity she had heard about from her mother, she saw a chance to go from investor to investigat investigator. the problem was to help expose a multimillion dollar fraud this daughter would have to risk something far greater than money. ♪ >> becoming a pop superstar isn't easy. talent helps and looks never hurt. but short of winning "american idol" the best career move may
to open next year on the tenth anniversary of the attacks. joining us this morning is alice, she will also be in shanksville. she will be flying out this afternoon. her son mark bingham was on flight 93 and took part in the fight to overcome the hijackers and take over that flight. you have a busy day ahead and a busy weekend ahead. but it's important forward to you being in shanksville. >> i'm looking forward to seeing mrs. bush again. she has been to the crash site several times, she and her husband. i'm looking forward to meeting michelle obama. the security is very high. we have to be there at 0700 and be prepared to be frisked, interrogated. >> interesting. >> but it will be fun, i think. >> exactly. how is it for you going to the memorial site? >> well -- >> it's a temporary memorial site, as i mentioned. >> oddly enough i like it the way it was. whenever -- by the time we got there as families, we were always treated cordially and with a great deal of deference, but i wouldn't have minded going back and witnessing what the emt guys did on that very first day, when flight 93 was noth
.n. the president of iran infuriates the u.s. delegation with his controversial comments about 9/11. this as two americans remain in his jail. this morning, the one hiker who was freed, sarah shourd, speaks out in her only live morning show interview. >>> and back behind bars, lindsay lohan faces a judge this morning after failing a drug test just three weeks out of rehab. and she could be headed right back to jail today, friday, and she could be headed right back to jail today, friday, september 24th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. this morning, residents in parts of wisconsin and minnesota are bracing for another round of flash floods. >> really heavy downpours over the last 24 hours or so and they've prompted officials to issue evacuations, even activate the national guard in some towns. we'll get al's forecast coming up in just a couple of minutes. >>> and the latest ton actor that appeared in the popular movie "the 40-year-old virgin" who's now been found
. >>> but let us begin this morning with that strong storm system that's causing a lot of problems down in florida this morning. the weather channel's jim can torre is in ft. lauderdale. jim, good morning to you. >> reporter: and good morning to you, too, matt. we've already had about 1 to 3 inches of rain. we may see a few rainfall records slip by the wayside. the good news is, so far, that rain has come at a steady enough pace where it hasn't caused too many flooding problems. but that may not be the case this afternoon as the storm gets a little bit closer to us, maybe gets a little more organized. we could see more of that heavy rain move through. and it's really at the time of these rain bands where we get 1 to 2 inches of rain where we could see the street flooding, and that's what officials are telling people. watch out. when that water starts ponding on the roads and these pumps and canals can't handle all this, this is where we'll have tie-ups on a lot of these roadways. so far, so good. it hasn't been a heavy rain event so far that we can't handle it, but as we go on through t
to honor cindy tran, ricardo sales, segundia allen and marcaito smart. they wanted to use this as a lesson. >> we are not judgmental. we are not here to judge people for what they have done. we're here to promote the peacefulness within our community. >> he loved deeply, and his life was complex for him, and he just cracked. and that doesn't make him a bad person. >> police say valdemoro and tran were romantically linked. trans sons said the two no longer had a relationship and rumor's love triangle were false. >>> a livermore father will be officially charged wednesday with stabbing his son 11 time during a late-night fishing trip this weekend. police say gary gomez took his wife's son and two of his sons friends fishing late on sunday. he reportedly got upset when one of the friends said they had to go home around 2:00 in the morning and ended up getting into a fight with his son. according to police, the boy was stabbed 11 times. his wife was stabbed at least once. gomez also tried to puncture the family's van as the family and wife drove away. none of the injuries are life threatening.
for joining us this morning. i'm kris sanchez along with meteorologist craig herrera. your job is never more important than on a holiday. >> especially this holiday, the end of summer, bash a you coos going. we'll have a lot of friends by tuesday. after that lots of cold air. today the weather headlines, somesh sunshines. tomorrow the same. labor day a couple of degrees warmer. you saw the cloud cover over san jose. there are no delays at sjc but at sfo. low ceilings. kris, we see the fog is 1,000 feet so if you expect somebody to fly in to sfo expect a delay. we have 50s for the north end of the bay. the visibility not an issue. san jose it's down to five miles, that ebs and flows as the wind and the fog comes in. temperatures 1 to 8 degrees cooler than this time yesterday. there is the visibility. notice san jose at the airport 5 miles. here is the forecast, 65 san francisco, 91, san ramon, 84 in san jose, and 86 through sonoma. kris, the middle of the week when i get the seven-day, quite a bit cooler. weekend looks great. >> we'll stay tuned. thank you, craig. this morning crews will cont
constituents may be most frustrated by what congress did not get done. nbc's tracie potts has more for us from washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, they got out without making a decision on the tax cuts. democrats want to extend them for the r for the middle class. republicans want to extend them for everyone. that decision now pushed back until after the election. in the house, 39 democrats side with republicans on that vote to adjourn without dealing with taxes. but there was a flurry of activity several items approved, including a 9/11 victims compensation fund that will be reopened and the government will also pay for health care for ground zero workers. that had been opposed, saying it was another big $7 billion entitlement program. a temporary spending bill was passed. the government's fiscal year ends today. temporary spending bill will allow the government to continue operate for another two months, and some major changes coming to nasa. the space shuttle program and the space station will continue, but the constellation program sending astronauts back to the moo
carolina's coast. as officials ordered mandatory evacuations for all visitors. >> they have asked us to leave. so we're going to have to cut our vacation short this year. >> to the north of new england, many were making that same decision. ferries filled with vacationers headed out or emergency vehicles headed onto vulnerable islands as last-minute preparations kicked into high gear. >> once it starts, you could sit here and watch and the boats are bouncing and breaking loose. you can't get at them. >> reporter: knowing that north carolina is just the storm's first stop. >> it's going to be a very close call for much of the east coast. >> reporter: and earl may be far from done with its destruction. as we get more light now officials say they are going to be going out doing damage assessments, also the coast guard going to be doing fly-overs. the coast guard has search and rescue choppers ready to go if needed. >> kristen, thanks. in a minute, much more on earl from meteorologist bill karins. >>> meanwhile an oil platform fire right off the louisiana coast sparked fears of another oi
week. a u.s. district judge is considering the state's arguments that new lethal injection regulations will ensure that condemned inmates will not suffer cruel and unusual punishment. executions were suspended in 2006 but next week, a man from southern california is scheduled to be executed, the first of more than 700 inmates awaiting execution on california's death row. >>> new tonight at 5:00, a bay area man is accused of manipulating his mentally disabled girlfriend into prostitution. now is there an all-out search to find him. south san francisco police received a tip claiming that this man, 27-year-old nicholas jerenias advertised sexual services involving his 21-year-old girlfriend on several different websites. investigators found the woman, who verified the story and told police she gave the money she earned to jerenious. anyone with information is asked to call the police. >>> today marked day 83 without a state budget and students are paying the price. community colleges statewide are turning away thousands of students and cutting classes. nbc bay area's damian trujillo is li
for us right now. steve? >> reporter: lisa, thanks. good evening. the blown section of the san bruno pipeline is here in washington, the ntsb is in the middle of its investigation. but now the pressure is on pg&e to alter its system immediately. in the hearing here in washington, up on capitol hill today, chris johns, the head of pg&e says he's already lowered the pressure of the natural gas in his pipelines that run through populated areas. he's inviting congress to require big gas lines to be moved out of residential neighborhoods. but a clash came on ougauto mat shutoff valves. senator barbara boxer literally sniffed at that. >> you would agree there would have been a shutoff valve, we would have averted the disaster. >> if there were a remote controlled shutoff valve in there, the gas flow would have stopped faster by the time our people got there. >> reporter: so the challenge is laid down. will pg&e make its very, very expensive upgrades and switch to automatic shutoff valves in all of these high-risk areas. about 3,600 miles of pipeline we're told. and do it immediately. the c
. >> reporter: some of it goes to alcohol? >> most of it does. >> reporter: billy uses his disability to check to buy vodka. he is homeless and spends many of his nights in a sleeping bag at u.n. plaza. with the drinking often comes trouble are. >> in trouble, getting fights, yes. getting rolled over by the police. this is in my head here two months ago. i don't remember what happened. >> these are individuals that get picked up by paramedics, in the emergency room, back and forth. some people picked up multiple times a day. >> reporter: called the chronic inebriates, the top 225 of them are draining the city's resources at a cost of $13.5 million each year. that is why he is headed north to search for solutions. he is creating a program where homeless alcoholics live. medical supervision, meals and alcohol are free. dusty wants to create similar pretreatment housing here but he has already attracted many critics. >> i understand that there is some controversy about providing people with alcohol but the potential we can with stabilize people who are really falling through the contracts and cos
holt. the two of us are sitting here together, it means one thing, it's a monday holiday. we're laboring away. matt and meredith will be back tomorrow. always good to be with you. >> the "b" team. no, we're the "a" team. >> b-plus. anyway, this time last week, of course, we were watching tropical storm and then hurricane earl made a real close pass to the east coast and now we're looking back in the gulf there is a new storm to worry about today. >> that's right. it's tropical storm hermine which formed in the gulf of mexico overnight. it's the eighth named storm of the season. tropical storm warnings have been posted already for northern mexico and south texas, which could get hit with severe flash flooding. we're going to get the very latest on the track of the storm in just a moment. >>> then, it has happened again. another woman has had acid thrown in her face, the second time in less than a week. this time the attack occurred in arizona. once again, it was another woman who did it. was it a topee cat attack? we'll ask an expert coming up. >> unbelievable. >>> plus an nbc
are served with a wiretap order. right now those services using what's known as peer-to-peer software are difficult to intercept, because they're not routed through a central hub. according to the "times," the bill, which the obama administration plans to submit to congress next year, raises fresh questions about how to balance security needs with a question of privacy. >>> the bishop of a georgia mega church has broken his silence, speaking to his congregation for the first time since being accused of luring four young men into sexual relationships. in a fiery speech, eddie long vowed to fight the allegations and lawsuits, claiming that the church leader, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage, gave the young men gifts and took them on trips in an attempt to seduce them. federal and state authorities say they won't investigate the allegations because all four men have said they were 17 or 18 when the relationships began. the state of georgia's age of sexual consent is 16 years old. >>> today nbc news is proud to kick off "education nation" here at 30 rock. it is a special week of prog
. coming up at 6:20. mike mcintyre will be here with us to talk about the start of the new season. want to hear what he has to say. >>> the san jose sharks could not beat him so they decide to join him. the newest goalie to join the sharks on the roster is a familiar face to hockey fans in the bay area. niemi killed the sharks in the playoffs and led the blackhawks to the stanley cup. he was solid. but now he will be with team teal. there is a deal to get him. it will be made official. details later on. beefing up things between the pipe there. >> getting ready all these sports changes. exciting. >> it is. >> we hope mike -- >> i'm getting the chicken wings ready. >> oh, chicken wings, yes. looking over here at highway 4. an incident that just popped up, chp reported just a few minutes ago, within the last ten minutes, an accident reports westbound at willow pass road. you will find slowing coming through pittsburg and bay point in the next few minutes because it's blocking two lanes. that's not good timing because this is about the time we typically see a slowdown through antioch. spee
farewell. then as the cameras rolled, he slowly came back to life and the whole family is with us for an exclusive interview today, friday, september 3rd, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today." it's 7:00 a.m. on this west coast morning. they are looking at west coast time and that is cape hatteras in north carolina. i'm matt lauer. >> pretty rolling out there. i'm ann curry in for meredith. good morning, everybody. here on the east coast, as you were mentioning, earl has >> this morning the storm's outer bands stretch from north carolina all the way up the coast into pennsylvania andp ne jersey. fortunately the eye has so far remained offshore. that's good news. >> top winds are 105 miles per hour. it was downgraded to a category 2 from a 4 overnight, so, so far the storm surge has been minor and the flooding minimal. cape cod and nantucket are in its sights and are expected to get hurricane-force winds later today. >> we've got the storm covered all up and down the east coast this morning. let's start with al roker. he's in
in america and the outlook for the midterm race. with us the bestselling author of "no god but god: the origins, evolution and the future of islam" reza aslan. former white house press secretary to president clinton, dee dee myers, republican strategist mike murphy and ron brownstein of the "national journal." captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. after a weekend of start and stop announcement, news from iran this morning that jailed american sarah surer will be released on $500,000 bail along with shane bower and josh fattal. she's been accused of spying and detained in an iran prison last summer. joining me from des moines, iowa, the president's top political adviser, david axelrod. welcome back to meat meet, mr. axelrod. >> thanks, david. good to be here. >> what about this news from iran? when will she be released and will it happen this time? >> obviously we're hopeful and encouraged by these news but there have been starts and stops in this before and until that actually happens, you know, we're on a wait and see basis. >> as far as bower and fattal
this country fall backwards because of rest of us didn't care enough to fight. >> reporter: in interviews he's even tougher. the president told "rolling stone" the democrats "sitting on their hands complaining are irresponsible." republicans and even some democrats say beating up the base may backfire. >> out there trying to terrify them, and put all of these scare tactics out there and hope that the fear will drive them to the polls. >> reporter: mr. obama's on a four-day swing to drum up support amid a faltering economy. >> i don't think there's one specific sector to put the blame on. >> reporter: nearly one therpd of american dos. in a new poll, the percentage who blame mr. obama for america's economic growth has almost doubled since january. consumed by the tea party, republicans say they've got momentum. >> not there on the democrat side as much as the republican side. >> reporter: expect more heated rhetoric as president obama rallies in iowa and virginia today. and if this president can't get it done with a tough love message, perhaps another president can. i in our nbc/"wall street
have begun to put the brakes on this recession. the worst may be behind us. >> here is what the website from the white house tauted earlier in the summer. it was recovery summer as it was billed by the white house in campaign across the country as administration kicked off events across the country. here's the economic record which is still quite bleak. 9.6% unemployment. 16 months of straight 9% or higher unemployment. 54,000 jobs lost in august. 14.9 million unemployed. 6.2 million of which are long-term unemployed. and just today in "the new york times" a reminder of the real cost of this. a story that we see as the economy tumbles, numbers of families in shelters rise. you've had a rise in the number of families actually going into homeless shelters. it's a question of the president's rhetoric versus reality. are those things out of sync? >> no, they're not out of sync. obviously in april we were on a slightly greater scheme than we were over the summer because we had a fiscal crisis that took 15% off the stock market and caused businesses to retrench further but reality remains tha
franzen is live for us at the united nations in new york. good morning, michelle. >> reporter: good morning, amara. he will have his work cut out for him. many of the same foreign policy issues that have been taken up here throughout the years still exist. certainly combat units in iraq left at the end of august. but nearly 50,000 u.s. troops remain in iraq mainly to train security forces. in afghanistan, troops have been increased in that region. and also insurgent attacks have also been increased. you mentioned peace in the middle east, earlier this month there were talks between israeli and palestinian leaders. so far though no more direct talks are scheduled. at the same time, the president is also having to deal with the domination of domestic issues here at home, jobs, also the mid-term elections that are coming up in november and the president certainly in his three-day trip here has also taken time to attend a major fund-raiser for the democrats. >> thank you for that report, michelle. >>> for many today, additional health benefits go in effect on this, the six-month anniver
. iran's president in new york for the u.n. general assembly says the u.s. should release nine prisoners jailed here. the mothers have asked to meet iran's president here. so far no response. >> whether i knew that sarah was definitely released, it was a very bittersweet moment for me. i mean, the cold, hard truth is shane and josh are still in prison, and we want them home. >> reporter: they wouldn't talk about conditions in the prison or how shourd was treated. they have met a lawyer, they said. the investigation seems complete, but neve they have no when a trial will happen. shourd called leaving iran one of the most memorable moments of her life. >> i'm only one-third free. that was the last thing josh said to me before i walked through the prison doors. josh and shane felt one-third free at that moment and so did i. >> reporter: it was a time of mixed emeegss, desperately worried about two missing sons. >>> tonight bermuda is bracing for a head-on hit from hurricane igor just hours from now. tonight the category 1 is casting a massive footprint on the radar map with hurricane-force
states to sell his plan to fix the economy. tracie potts is in washington, d.c. live with us this morning with the latest. good morning to you, tracie. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. you will see the president's events take on a distinct campaign-like feel. two goals swinging through several states. first of all, to energize young voters, and as you said, sell his economic recovery plan. it's a plan that now includes a new $30 billion fund for small businesses. he signed that into law yesterday. the idea is to provide them more money so these businesses can expand, and hopefully hire more workers and affect the low jobless rate in this country. this is a message he'll take to albuquerque, new mexico, today, as president obama continues with the white house called a series of backyard meetings with voters. something that worked in his campaign that he's hoping will work in this election as well. and then later tonight, a big rally at the university of wisconsin to draw those young voters. as we get closer to this election, more criticism from democrats, from the white house on republ
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